by Gemma Escarré,
Laura Tarrats, a midwife at Hospital Germans Trias, has designed a heating belt to alleviate labour pains, sciatica and other discomforts that arise in the third trimester of pregnancy.
“The need to create this device came out of day-to-day experience. As midwives, we offer ways to comfort women before they can have an epidural or when they want to have a natural birth. One of these is to apply heat locally. The challenge was to keep the heat in these areas while still allowing the mother to move around during the birth,” explains Tarrats, who presented the heating belt at the 4thEuropean Congress on Intrapartum Care in Turin.
Institute of Research Germans Trias i Pujol (IGTP) provided advisory services for protecting the technology.